Mary Cassatt

Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen

Auction Closed

November 15, 10:48 PM GMT


800,000 - 1,200,000 USD

Lot Details


Mary Cassatt

1844 - 1926

Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen

signed Mary Cassatt (lower left)

pastel on paper

23 by 19 in.

58.4 by 48.3 cm.

Executed in 1898.

This pastel is included as no. 275 in the Cassatt Committee's revision of Adelyn Dohme Breeskin's catalogue raisonné of the works of Mary Cassatt. 

The artist
[with] Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris
Harris Whittemore, Naugatuck, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 1898)
Estate of the above (until 1942)
Austin L. Adams Jr., Los Angeles (acquired by descent from the above by 1966)
Private Collection (acquired by descent from the above)
Hammer Galleries, New York (acquired by 1992) 
Adelson Galleries, New York (acquired by 1992)
Jules Brassner, Palm Beach, Florida (acquired from the above in 1997)
Private Collection
[with] Martha Parrish and James Reinish, Inc., New York (acquired by 2005)
[with] A.C.A. Galleries, New York
Oliver, Elliot and Sebastian Fine Art, Carmel, California
Acquired from the above in 2008 by the present owner
Frederick A. Sweet, Miss Mary Cassatt: Impressionist from Pennsylvania, Norman, Oklahoma, 1966, pp. 151-52
Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings, Washington, D.C., 1970, no. 298, p. 134, illustrated
Robin McKown, The World of Mary Cassatt, New York, 1972, p. 181
Nancy Hale, Mary Cassatt, Garden City, New York, 1975, p. 178
Nancy Mowll Matthews, Mary Cassatt: A Life, New York, 1994, p. 249
Ann Berman, "Auction of American Paintings and Sculptures," Maine Antique Digest, 2001, n.p.
David S. Smith, "The Most Prestigious Art Show in America," Antiques and Arts Online, 2005, n.p.
Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, Mary Cassatt, 1941-42, no. 33 (as Mother and Baby Helen)